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February 19, 2016

REMINDER: Parent/Teacher Conferences/ Early Release Wednesday and Thursday at 12:15

Parent Teacher Conference Sign-Up

Have you scheduled your parent/teacher conference? Sign-ups for Parent-Teacher Conferences run through 11:00p.m. on February 19th. If you do not have internet access and need to sign up for a time, please send me a note or call at this number 678-431-3544. Students will be released at 12:15 on Feb. 25 and 26 so teachers can conference with parents. I will be discussing your child's progress since the September conference!

Mark Your Calendar

Book Fair- February 22-26 (Students will visit the Book Fair in class on Monday to shop and Wednesday to purchase)

Early Release- February 25-26

All-American Skate Night- February 25th 6pm-9pm

Picture Day- March 3 "Dress for Success"

Cougar Caller

The "Cougar Caller" is available for purchase in the front office for $5.00

This is an excellent resource for student addresses and phone numbers. Please remember that teachers are unable to give out this information due to confidentiality. Thank you for your understanding.

Read Across America Week...Coming Soon

Read Across America Week is coming soon to MPES! In honor of Dr. Seuss, the staff has planned fun and exciting activities for students to participate in each day.

Monday, 2/29- Silly Socks Day (wear silly or mismatched socks)

Tuesday, 3/1-Wear green (Green Eggs and Ham)

Wednesday 3/2-Dress like your favorite book character (bring 3 clues to read aloud)

Thursday 3/3-"Oh the Places You'll Go" (Dress for Success-It's Picture Day!

Friday 3/4- wear a favorite hat (The Cat in the Hat)

Friday, March 4th will be "Funny Food Friday" in Kindergarten. If you are interested in sending in "funny food" please let me know! Examples include Cat in the Hat snacks, Truffula Tree cupcakes, Green Grinch Punch, Pink Ink Drink, Hop on Popcorn, etc. See the picture for just one example. If you search "Dr. Seuss food," tons of fun suggestions pop up!

What's coming up next week:

Next week we will be visiting the Book Fair. Your child will bring home a list of books he/she is interested in. If you would like your child to purchase books, please send your child's book money to school in a sealed envelope along with the book titles your child would like to purchase.

In reading, students will have the opportunity to master skills for their report card and GKIDS assessment. We will focus again on main idea/details, story elements (character, setting, events, problem, solution) and comparing/contrasting characters and experiences in familiar texts in small groups. Students will also be given the opportunity to practice these skills using their guided reading books independently . These books are written according to your child's instructional reading level. This is an excellent opportunity for your child to apply skills to their individualized reading level.

In writing, students will be responding to literature by stating their opinion about a character and events in stories. Students can practice writing at home by making lists, writing on sticky notes, in diaries/journals, etc. using markers and gel pens! The Dollar Store is an excellent resource for purchasing these types of items so that students can have fun exploring writing concepts.

In math students will begin learning about sorting by attribute (color, shape, size). This is an excellent opportunity for your child to practice these skills around the house by helping to sort laundry by color, organize toys and items in the kitchen such as plasticware and utensils, sort recycling, etc.

Students will be learning about honesty and patriotism this week. Ask your child to tell you about ways they have practiced these character traits in their daily life. Saying the Pledge of Allegiance at school is an example of patriotism.

E-Class Videos

I have continued to upload videos to your child's e-class page. February is Dental Health Month and Black History Month. Please check your child's e-class page for age appropriate videos to help your child learn about dental health and Harriet Tubman!

Cold Weather Days

Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for school on cold weather days. Students must be able to zip and button their coats as this is an assessed skill for the state GKIDS assessment. Students who are not dressed appropriately will not be allowed to play outside on cold weather days.

Email addresses for Kindergarten teachers